Amy’s Italian Meals venture far beyond their frozen pizzas. And they include many vegan options, like spaghetti, lasagna, and even baked ziti!
Tasting Notes for Amy’s Italian Meals
Although some varieties have been discontinued over the years, their vegan ziti bows have persisted.
Amy’s Baked Ziti Bowl
A picture says the wrong words in the case of Amy’s Baked Ziti Bowls. The one on the box inaccurately shows a perfectly laid out bowl of appealing pasta. In reality, our results weren’t so pretty. That said, the picture we took really doesn’t do the incredible taste of this entrée one bit of justice.
Granted, if we had the patience to bake them for 15 minutes in the oven (cooking option one) they may have retained a more presentable image. But if I am reaching for a frozen entrée, I want it ready fast. So into the microwave they went (cooking option two).
Luckily, the sacrifice in looks did not affect the taste of these absolutely wonderful “bowls.” After waiting, not so patiently, for me to snap this less than attractive photo, my husband grabbed a fork and dove in. With a note of surprise in his voice he announced, “It tastes really good, healthy, but really good.” Suddenly I was extremely antsy for mine to emerge from the microwave.
To be honest, neither of us was expecting much. Sure it was made with gluten-free pasta, which passes the taste and texture test easily, but nothing else looked special or out of the ordinary. It simply appeared to be a bowl of pasta topped with tomato sauce and a sprinkling of non-GMO soy cheese. But in reality, it was so much more.
The tomato base had just a hint of warm black pepper like spice (the type that I loved as a kid), but the real surprise came in the form of soy ricotta. Within the bright red sauce lurked a fabulous soy based “ricotta cheese.” It was sensational! “Was” being the operative word. We plowed through those bowls quickly. Even my husband began scraping the sides of his empty bowl for every last bit of sauce. As he licked the bowl clean, he mumbled, “I think it was the ricotta, mmm, really good.” The sparse soy cheese topping was really just a nice bonus. It was the concealed ricotta that propelled this product.
Amy’s also throws in a handful or two of peas for a veggie hit. If it weren’t for the noticeable color, you might be able to sneak these past little ones, because they do not obviously present themselves in taste or texture.
We only had two minor tragedies in our Baked Ziti experience, both due to the microwaving. Mine had a few gummy pasta pieces around the edge, and my husband quickly burned his mouth due to the uneven cooking. But hey, we knew the risks of that shortcut; so complaining was not an option.
The Facts on Amy’s Italian Meals
Certifications: The vegan varieties of Amy’s Italian Meals are Certified Vegan.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Amy’s Italian Meals are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are gluten-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Amy’s website at www.amys.com